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The Copper Marionette is a science fiction novella written by Nathan Thornsbury. The book follows two interconnecting stories.

First, there is the almost Utopian future of 2988, where Synthetic Individuals are still fighting for their basic rights as 'people', and S407 (Also known as Saul) is the prototype idea for the first Synthetic Police Officer. Despite constantly being berated and discriminated against by his fleshy coworkers, he still strives to be a real cop, and he starts out his first week on the job by going through an old cold case... Where he seems to find the husk of a Synthetic from the early 2000's, which was almost 200 years before they were created. S407 hooks into the husk and finds a basic AI unit, which he begins to converse with, which was formerly named Thomas. In order to solve the truth to this being, he travels through the AI's earliest memories, trying to fill in the data gaps in order to find the truth.


This leads into the second side of the interconnecting story, the coming of age story of a young boy named Thomas... Who is actually an artificial humanoid. This aspect of the story is told through visual video archives and data logs, telling the story of this boy growing up, falling in love, and learning of his family history.

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